Written by Gregg Brekke
The Associate General Minister search committee has announced the nomination of Mr. W. Mark Clark of Tucson, Ariz., to succeed Ms. Edith Guffey whose term as Associate General Minister and member of the UCC Collegium of Officers expires Sept. 30, 2011.
Since 1999 he has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CODAC Behavioral Health Services, Inc. in Tuscon. CODAC is a non-profit managed behavioral health care organization based in Pima County. The agency serves 10,000 - 12,000 individuals each year with a staff of 325 and a budget of $36 million.
A life-long member of the UCC, Mark worked as an intern at his college's campus ministry and spent a year as the Director of Christian Education at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Congregational Church. He has belonged to five UCC congregations in two conferences and served on four of their councils.
Mark has been active in leadership positions in the Conference and national settings of the church. He chaired the Southwest Conference's Conference Minister search committee. At the last General Synod he was the chair of the committee of reference. He was a member of the board of directors of the Office of General Ministries, chaired its budget and finance committee and represented that board on the UCC Executive Council. On the Executive Council he was a member of the organizational life and budget and finance committees.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Northern Arizona University and a masters in social work from Arizona State University. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, university teaching appointments and honors.
The nomination will be presented to meetings of the Office of General Ministries board and the Executive Council this spring. Upon their approval the nomination will be submitted to the General Synod in Tampa, Fla., this summer.
Associate General Minister search committee members are John R. Deckenback (chair), Ralph France, Hyo-Jung Kim, Luther Holland, Hattie Walker, Ruth Harvey, Kelley Forbush, Geoffrey Black, Michael Downs, Curtis Rueter, Susan Rotblat Walker and Cally Rogers-Witte.
Earlier this week two other Collegium nominations were announced. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess has been nominated to lead Local Church Ministries and the Rev. James Moos to lead Wider Church Ministries.
Pending the election of these nominees by the General Synod they will join UCC General Minister and President the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black and Justice and Witness Ministries Executive Minister the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo to form the UCC's five-person Collegium of Officers.